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Ever wonder what your favourite movie or TV show would have been like with a totally different star in the lead role? Well, here's what could have been...
Suicide Squad was one of the most anticipated movies of 2016, and with a cast including Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker, it's not hard to see why. Tom's no stranger to the DC Universe, having previously played Bane in the Dark Knight Rises, and this time he was set to play the leader of the Suicide Squad, Rick Flagg but couldn't do it due to clashing commitments!
Don’t expect to see Emily Blunt playing the love interest of a superhero anytime soon! She was Marvel's first choice to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2, the role now famously portrayed by Scarlett Johansson. Emily turned down the role and was then offered the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but turned that down also, stating that, "Usually the female parts in a superhero film feel thankless: She’s the girlfriend while the guys are whizzing around saving the world."
Robert Pattison’s Twilight character Edward Cullen was the inspiration for E.L. James' best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. So, when the book was being turned into a film, he was obviously the first choice to play Christian Grey. Initial speculation was reaffirmed when the actor invited the author to a party at his home. However, R-Pattz declined the role, because he didn't have time. The role then went to Jamie Dornan, and the rest is history.
Anne Hathaway was set to play Alison Scott in 2007's Knocked Up, opposite funny-man Seth Rogen. The comedy was set around an unexpected pregnancy but Anne turned the role down, telling Marie Claire that she had issues with a nudity shot that was going to be used during the childbirth scene, despite the fact that it wouldn't have been her body. Katherine Heigl went on to play the role, and the movie became one of her biggest movies to date.
Ryan Gosling has been in the running for many DC and Marvel roles, but has declined them all under the grounds that he doesn’t want to sign a multiple movie contract. The most recent offer was the role of Marvel's Doctor Strange in the 2016 movie adaptation, which was eventually played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Lindsay Lohan was initially offered the role of Regina George in Mean Girls, but turned the character down as she didn't want the bad girl image. Lindsay was then considered for the part of Cady Heron, which she accepted, and Rachel McAdams went on to play Regina. Mean Girls became one of the most iconic noughties movies, and having watched the movie a few hundred times, we honestly couldn’t imagine the cast any differently!
Jen was originally offered the part of Canadian pop star turned journalist Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother, but declined the role to play Melinda Gordon in Ghost Whisperer instead. Colbie Smulders then took the part, and has since starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and can now be seen alongside her HIMYM co-star Neil Patrick Harris in Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.
The former Harry Potter actress was set to play the role of Mia in La La Land alongside Miles Teller as Sebastian, but the roles eventually went to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Not only did the film break the record for winning the most Golden Globe Awards ever and tie for most Oscar nominations, but Emma Stone went on to win the Oscar for it too. Watson had pulled out of the movie to film Beauty and the Beast instead. Thankfully for her, the Disney film was an amazing success, too!
The Disney Channel gave us so many memorable TV shows over the years, but one series that will always hold a special place in our hearts is Hannah Montana. Surely there was no one other than the multi-talented Miley Cyrus in line to play the role of double-identity Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana? Well apparently, the creators originally wrote the role with singer JoJo in mind! The 'Leave (Get Out)' singer turned the role down because she didn’t want to become a Disney star.
Orange Is The New Black has been one of Netflix’s biggest hit TV shows, centered around bisexual, drug-smuggling jail inmate Piper Chapman. The role went to newcomer Taylor Schilling, but only because Katie Holmes turned down the role first. The series’ creator told E! Online: “[Katie] had other things to do. And also in the beginning, no one knew what this was.” The Emmy-winning series returns for its fifth season this summer.
Brad was initially offered the role of rogue spy Jason Bourne before Matt Damon, but he turned it down to take part in a different movie, ‘Spy Game’. While the Bourne franchise became a huge success, we can’t imagine that Brad Pitt has had many sleepless nights over the missed opportunity, he’s still one of the biggest movie stars in the world!
Selena’s first big break was as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place, and at the height of her Disney fame, the actress turned pop star had movie offers falling at her feet. Some of which included the lead as Mitchie in Camp Rock, which went on to become Demi Lovato’s big break, followed by a role in High School Musical 3. Selena turned both movies down to move away from the Disney scene and to take on some more ‘serious acting roles’.
High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale turned down the opportunity to audition for The Vampire Diaries and rejected a lead role in Pretty Little Liars, all because she had high hopes for the cheerleading drama series Hellcats. Unfortunately for Ashley, Hellcats was cancelled after one series, while The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars went on to become two of the biggest TV shows this decade, lasting eight and seven seasons respectively.
Yes, Reese Witherspoon turned down one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, but the Oscar winner seems to be doing alright for herself. Reese rejected the role of the female protagonist Sidney Presscot in the horror movie series Scream, thinking it would just be your average hit-or-miss horror movie. The part eventually went to Neve Campbell, and the four-movie franchise grossed $604 million worldwide.
Trying to imagine ‘Elf’ without Will Ferrell? Neither can we. But it almost happened. Jim Carrey originally signed up to play the role of Buddy the Elf in the beloved Christmas movie, but after production of the film took 10 years to put into motion, the ‘Ace Ventura’ star had moved on to pursue other movie offers, leaving Will Ferrell to take the role. Jim Carrey wasn’t shy of a Christmas role though, having played the Grinch & Scrooge in A Christmas Carol!
Anne Hathaway was first cast as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook, alongside Mark Wahlberg, but due to ‘creative differences’ with the director David O’Russell, she dropped out. Things didn’t work out for Mark Wahlberg as Pat either. All was not lost though, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper stepped into the roles, and Jennifer won an Academy Award for the part. Anne didn’t lose out either, as she also won an Oscar that same year for her portrayal as Fantine in Les Misérables.
There were many actresses in line to play Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades before Dakota Johnson got it. One of which was Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series. Emilia told Marie Claire she turned it down due to the amount of nudity in it - something she’s not unfamiliar with in GOT. The actress said: "I'll never say 'I'm never doing nudity' because I've already done it, but I thought I might get stuck in a pigeonhole."
Sarah Michelle Gellar made pop culture history on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but her career could have turned out very differently. The kickass vampire slayer was offered the iconic role of Cher Horowitz in Clueless before Buffy even existed. She turned the role down, and Alicia Silverstone played the part of the rich Beverly Hills airhead instead. The movie was a huge success, setting the bar for all '90s high school movies to follow.
Taylor isn’t necessarily known for her acting, but she did make an appearance in the Hannah Montana movie back in 2009, and the movie Valentine’s Day in 2010. According to creator Ryan Murphy, T-Swift was offered a lead role in the horror-comedy series Scream Queens, but her hectic tour schedule meant that she couldn’t accept it. No doubt she would have been in good company with the likes of Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas who were all part of the cast!